In the course of year, taking just one or two holidays almost never feels like enough. Work’s a slog, and that holiday you booked months ago still feels like forever away – sometimes all you need is to get away from it all for the weekend! Enter the Countryside Retreat: luxurious and secluded, they are the perfect remedy when you’re after a bit of peace & quiet and rest & relaxation.
Our Dinner Deal Breaks offer great value breaks, so you can probably book an escape to the country for less than you think! Here are 7 of our Country Dinner Deals top picks…
Cranage Hall, Cheshire
2 Nights & 1 Dinner from £101pp
Easily one of our most popular packages, Cranage Hall offer cosy guestrooms and serve up delicious food. A quick drive from pretty Chester, you can also enjoy the perks of city life as and when you want it, as well as visit the UK’s favourite zoo! The beautiful Cheshire countryside is also home to some of the country’s most spectacular gardens – Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction are well worth a visit if you can, not least at the singularly impressive Tatton Park, just a short drive from Cranage Hall.
Hollin Hall, Peak District
2 Nights & 1 Dinner from £79.50pp
A fantastic value break for visiting the Peak District, we think Hollin Hall is great for a leisurely getaway. If you’re the kind that loves long country walks, stunning landscapes and maybe the odd adventure sport, this is the right part of the country to be in! Looking for a day trip that’s a little more low-key? Why not head to Chatsworth House – the area’s most popular stately home – before grabbing a tart or two in nearby Bakewell…
Winnock Hotel, Loch Lomand
2 Nights & 1 Dinner from £126pp
Set in an 18th century inn near the shores of Loch Lomond, the Winnock Hotel oozes historic character and provides a great base for discovering Western Scotland, the Trossachs and even Glasgow. Explore the Loch Lomond area which includes attractions such as SEALIFE Loch Lomond, Balloch Castle and Ross Priory, all just a short journey from the hotel. The hotel’s Merlin restaurant complements the hotel’s historic character with exposed stonework and original beams making it the perfect setting for an intimate evening meal featuring seasonal produce and classic local dishes such as Scottish salmon and haggis neeps & tatties.
Hallmark Hotel, Cambridge
2 Nights & 1 Dinner from £81pp
A superb base from which to explore pretty rural Cambridgeshire – or just to relax and unwind in the pool! – this two night package is a great choice for your next getaway. Naturally, you could head into historic Cambridge and take to punting around the famous University city. Otherwise, you could explore the surrounding area; boating on the Great Ouse, visiting the breath-taking Cathedral in nearby Ely, or heading to the Norfolk fenlands all offer great day trips.
Macdonald Loch Rannoch Hotel, Loch Rannoch
2 Nights & 1 Dinner from £99pp
Nestled in woodland on the shores of Loch Rannoch, this former Victorian shooting lodge makes the perfect place for a tranquil Highland retreat. Enjoy spectacular views across the loch and the Munro of Schiehallion while dining in the Ptarmigan Restaurant. Using fresh, local ingredients to produce classic Scottish dishes with a modern twist, the Ptarmigan Restaurant’s food is complemented by traditional Highland décor and amazing loch views. Attractions in the local area include Blair Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Murray, woodland strolls in Tay Forest Park or more adventurous walks in the Cairngorms National Park; all of which are just a short drive from the hotel.
Walton Hall, Stratford-Upon-Avon
2 Nights & 1 Dinner from £101pp
Shakespeare’s hometown, Warwick Castle, and the beautiful Warwickshire countryside; there’s much to commend this part of the world – all you need is a great place to stay! A magnificent stately home, dating back to the 16th century, Walton Hall is an ideal place to explore it all from. Whether you find yourself laughing or weeping at the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, or romping across the open countryside down in the Cotswolds, escape the everyday here.
Shap Wells Hotel, Cumbria
2 Nights & 1 Dinner from £74.50pp
In the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District, The Shap Wells Hotel is the perfect location for anyone who is a lover of the outdoors. Situated high in the Shap Fells, the hotel is in easy reach of the Yorkshire Dales and the Scottish Border Counties. With the food locally sourced at the Shap Wells, you will always be set for the outdoor adventures ahead. Discover the beautiful surroundings of what Cumbria has to offer and relax back in the warm and snug surroundings of the hotel at the end of your busy day.
Planning a country escape with dinner this year? Tell us where you’re off to in our comments section below!